Feb. 14, 2002
The Florida State women’s basketball team fell 64-60 to NC State in a nail-biter Thursday night at Reynolds Coliseum. FSU fell to 13-12 overall and 4-10 in the ACC while the Wolfpack improved to 12-12 and 6-7 in the league.
“NC State played a great game in many aspects,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We came close but weren’t able to execute and finish the way we needed to and credit their defense to that. We need to do a better job in our rebounding and I think that was the difference in the ball game.”
Both teams traded baskets to open the game but then NC State pulled away. FSU trailed 8-7 at the 16:53 mark when the Wolfpack went on a 10-0 run for its largest lead of the half at 18-7. The Seminoles finally scored at the 13:45 mark when freshman LaQuinta Neely drove the endline for a layup and then FSU went on to score eight of the game’s next 10 points to pull within five at 20-15 with 11:20 to play. The Pack kept pace however, and thanks to three first-half treys, again built a double digit lead. Florida State continued to fight and got to within four at 36-32 when freshman Genesis Choice hit three straight baskets for the Noles. The Wolfpack had a 38-32 lead at halftime. Led by Choice’s six points, FSU shot 42 percent for the half and had a 20-18 rebounding edge. NC State was led by Kaayla Chones’ 11 points and shot 49 percent.
The Seminoles scored the first five points of the second half to pull within a point at 40-39 at 16:05 on the clock, but then didn’t score again until the 11:33 mark. The Pack scored seven points during that stretch and extended its lead to eight points. Sophomore Tasheika Morris, who didn’t start the second half, gave the Tribe a boost when she came into the game. With FSU down 49-41, Morris scored the Seminoles next 12 straight points and twice pulled the Tribe to within three. The Seminoles tied the game at 56-56 on a free throw by Lauren Bradley with 4:14 left in the game, but could not take the lead. NC State had leads of three, three times in the final 2:35 of the game. With 27 seconds remaining and down 61-60, the Seminoles turned the ball over and were then forced to foul. The Pack hit two free throws with 11.3 seconds left to go up by three. FSU had a chance to tie the game, but Bradley was called for an offensive foul in play away from the ball before the Tribe could get a shot off. NC State hit one of two free throws with six seconds left and won the game.
Statistically, FSU nearly had the advantage in every category. The Seminoles shot 40 percent and had a 43-41 rebounding edge. Morris led the team with 16 points while Choice added 12 and Shinikki Whiting 10 points and eight rebounds. The Pack was led by Chones’ 13 points, although she was held to just two points in the second half.
The Seminoles will travel to Durham, N.C., to take on league-leading Duke on Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m.